Stéphane Sessègnon will be leading the Benin Senior National team, Les Écureuils to this year’s continental showpiece, having featured for his nation at both the 2008 and 2010 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
As a player who can play at both wings and as a holding midfielder, Sessègnon has performed at the highest level making him a fearsome predator for opposing defenders.
Making his international debut for Les Écureuils on 6th June 2004 in a 2006 World Cup qualification match against Cameroon, where Benin lost 2:1, Sessègnon who plies his trade at Turkish club Gençlerbirligi has won seventy (70) caps in the national jersey and scored more than twenty goals.
Born 1st June 1984, the 35 year old playmaker began his career in the Benin Premier League, where due to his skills and ability spent only a year in the country’s elite division and moved to France to join Creteil, a club based in the Parisian suburbs.
After a brief stint with the club, he was labeled a revelation as he helped his club escaped relegation, which courted so much interest from big clubs in France and Europe.
His instincts for goals and good passing abilities coupled with an eye for goal made him stay in France, where he joined French giant Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on a four year deal around €8–10 million.
He later moved to English side Sunderland in search of more playing time.
With attacking mates in the midfield of Les Écureuils set up including Sessi d’Almeida, Jordan Adeoti, Mama Seibou, Tidjani Anaane and Rodrigue Kossi, who plays for African Club of Tunisia, the former west Bromwich Albion and Montpellier player would be making their nation proud as they set out to represent at the 32nd edition of the 2019 African Cup of Nations slated for Egypt from June 21 to July 19, 2019.
With basically foreign players making up Coach Michel Dussuyer 23-man squad, Sessègnon could be called upon to help the striking department consisting of Steve Mounié, Michael Poté, Jodel Dossou, David Djigla, Desire Sègbè Azankpo and Cèbio Soukou come 25th June, 2019 at Ismailia, as they take on the Black Stars of Ghana in a Group F opener in a group also consisting of Cameroon and Guinea Bissau in the 24 nations tournament.